- a part of a body of water along the shore deep enough for anchoring a ship and so situated with respect to coastal features, whether natural or artificial, as to provide protection from winds, waves, and currents.
- such a body of water having docks or port facilities.
- any place of shelter or refuge: The old inn was a harbor for tired travelers.
- to give shelter to; offer refuge to: They harbored the refugees who streamed across the borders.
- to conceal; hide: to harbor fugitives.
- to keep or hold in the mind; maintain; entertain: to harbor suspicion.
- to house or contain.
- to shelter (a vessel), as in a harbor.
- (of a vessel) to take shelter in a harbor.
Origin of harbor
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Examples from the Web for harbouring
No doubt it is to make us all afraid of harbouring fugitives.Two Daring Young Patriots
W. P. Shervill
My father was well aware of the danger he ran in harbouring Dio.With Axe and Rifle
He sentenced the lady Lesly for harbouring a stranger one night.Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)
Modern Hinduism is also guilty of harbouring and fostering immorality.India, Its Life and Thought
John P. Jones
This comes of harbouring a strange Phrygian in an honest household.Darkness and Dawn
Frederic W. Farrar
- a sheltered port
- a place of refuge or safety
- (tr) to give shelter toto harbour a criminal
- (tr) to maintain secretlyto harbour a grudge
- to shelter (a vessel) in a harbour or (of a vessel) to seek shelter
Word Origin and History for harbouring
Old English hereborgian, cognate with Old Norse herbergja, Old High German heribergon, Middle Dutch herbergen; see harbor (n.). Figuratively, of thoughts, etc., from late 14c. Related: Harbored; harboring.
"lodging for ships," early 12c., probably from Old English herebeorg "lodgings, quarters," from here "army, host" (see harry) + beorg "refuge, shelter" (related to beorgan "save, preserve;" see bury); perhaps modeled on Old Norse herbergi "room, lodgings, quarters." Sense shifted in Middle English to "refuge, lodgings," then to "place of shelter for ships."